TGIF Tech Your almost weekly tech digest

THIS WEEK-Feb 6TH-10TH

#TGIFTECH has tons of great stuff going on this week even though it was a short one! This week I am highlighting PD opportunities in the area that are coming up, an easy valentine and poetry app, and some tips and tricks to get you started using your Office 365 accounts. Click the buttons throughout the post to go to additional resources.

UPCOMING INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

There is a host of great Tech PD in the region this winter/spring. If you are still looking to spend those PD funds this year, please consider these tech conferences which all have a far more instructional focus than pure tech focus.

Click on the buttons below to go to the conference websites.

The 21st Century Learning Conference is the annual event in Hong Kong where teachers, EdTech staff, and school leaders gather to learn about the future of education from thought leaders, technology and learning experts, and their peers. The event blends together inspirational keynotes, practitioner led workshop sessions, and fun networking opportunities. Now in it’s 9th year, it is the leading professional development event for technology in education & innovative learning for K-12 schools in South East Asia.

Rethinking Numeracy is a conference to encourage K-12 educators to rethink the notion of what being numerate means and how it can best be taught in the digital age. This will be a first run conference based off of the success of the Rethinking Literacy conference last year.

Rethinking Literacy is a conference to encourage K-12 educators to rethink the notion of what literacy is and how it can best be taught in the digital media age. This conference was a highlight of my personal learning last year; a conference where everything is targeted toward one curricular area. I wish all tech conferences were more like this weekend conference.

The Level 5 offers smaller weekend workshops covering a variety of topics. Upcoming topics include:

  • Arduino's and Robots and Coding! - 11 & 12 Feb, 2017
  • Create: Street Art - 25 & 26 Feb, 2017
  • Using Maker spaces to build a culture of design thinking - 17 & 18 March, 2017
  • Designing the future of education - 8 & 9 Apr, 2017

APP/SITE OF THE WEEK

Visual Poetry is a great app for kids to put their recent poetry unit writing to good use by creating some pretty cool Valentine's Day cards or other visual poetry.

WHAT'S THE BUZZ?

The buzz is the Puxi ES. So many great things going on! If you have something awesome to share, please let me know so I can include it in the next edition of #tgiftech

Minecraft

  • Grade 5 is finishing a volume project in Minecraft as part of their math PBL unit which has kids researching and building skyscrapers to scale.
  • Grades 3-5 have now completed a scoped and sequenced Minecraft Math project this year for multiplication and arrays (grade 3), Area and Perimeter (grade 4), and Volume (grade 5). Way to go teams!

Coding in the Curriculum

Grade 4 is working out details on incorporating coding and programming with Sphero to have students demonstrate their understanding of angles.

Tinkering is serious play.

Adobe Spark. Last #TGIFTECH I plugged Adobe Spark as a great iPad/Laptop creative suite from Adobe. I ran across this Adobe Spark Education Guide for the suite and thought I'd pass it on.

Office 365

Grades 3 & 5 are starting to use their grade level Office 365 spaces as their go to space for not only housing documents but also to edit, share, and create documents all in one place. Want to explore more of what Office 365 can do for your team? Please book a session with me and we can explore your group's (team) calendar and file sharing within Office 365.

Office 365 Tip of the Week!-Watch this short screencast for how to login and access your Office 365 SAS email, your grade level group (for file sharing and calendaring), and the other apps that are included in the Office 365 suite.

Here is a great tutorial created by Brian Chalmers (Big thanks Brian!) on how to access O365 files in your groups including your group notebook. More to come on OneNote....

SOMETHING FUN

Ever wonder why keyboards are laid out using QWERTY? I figured you probably hadn't given this much thought, after all, it's Friday. But if your social calendar is a little light this weekend you can watch "QWERTY The Inside Story"

The countdown is on! This year World Read Aloud Day is February 16. Follow along at #WRAD

HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND!

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